Re: Monasticism and Grotaronism
I cannot agree with the statement that Grotarons are Mystics. They worship a Goddess of Necessity, who is buried under their mountains, and are good at embroidery - which isn't a mystic practice in my world view.
OTOH, I agree about the mystic sabre toothed mountain mammoths, who are clearly the High Gods from Vithelan Mythology on a skiiing holiday.
I firmly believe that Grotarons would be an excellent and popular creature in mainstream Glorantha if we could get a top notch fantasy artist, like Frank Frazetta or Simon Bisley, to do a fantastic scene with a few Grotarons testing their mighty thews, and cutting their bloody swath across Fronela. I think the illustrations thus far (big lips, funny boots, baggy pants) don't do them any favours. "I'm the only Gay Grotaron in the Mountains"
Having a theme tune for an entire species is an interesting idea. For the Waertagi I'd choose the Desert Island Disks theme.
> Everyone thinks Grotarons are animists, but I'm convinced they have a strong mystical tradition. They have a third eye, after all, even though it's in the back of their hand (like the other two), and are prone to hallucinating. They also lead a cloistered existence, but that's largely because most Gloranthaphiles took one look at them and decided they'd be buggered if they were going to let them out into mainstream Glorantha.
> A bit like ducks, who are also mystics.
> The invisible sabre-toothed mountain-hopping mammoths they hunt/worship are definitely mystics. If they even exist. I've always wanted to play one. This is primarily because I tend to misread 'Misty Mountain Hop' as 'Mystic Mountain Hop', and use it as their theme tune.
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